A systems thinking approach to address sustainability challenges to the energy sector

Laimon, M. and Yusaf, Talal and Mai, T. and Goh, S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8583-4586 and Alrefae, Waleed (2022) A systems thinking approach to address sustainability challenges to the energy sector. International Journal of Thermofluids, 15:100161. pp. 1-13.

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The energy sector is an intrinsically dynamic and complex system, and therefore its behaviour is not solely controlled by constituent components. Rather, it is a consequence of dynamic interactions among them. To properly manage such a system in a sustainable manner, it is necessary to understand the underlying dynamics of component interactions. Despite this, the interconnections between components of the energy sector in research and policy have received little attention. Here, we outline crucial limitations of previous efforts and emphasize the importance of using systems thinking in addressing the energy sector's sustainability challenges. We demonstrate this by a case study of the Australian energy sector, which has experienced emerging sustainability issues. Research findings show that current policies promoting energy development in the country are likely to be ‘fixes that fail’ that ultimately undermine sustainability. To achieve in building a sustainable energy sector, the policy must focus on implementing long-term solutions and avoid short-term quick fixes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Engineering (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 22:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dynamic complexity, Feedback loop, GHG emissions, Energy security, Energy policy, Sustainable development
Fields of Research (2020): 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230203 Political systems
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijft.2022.100161
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48924

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